AUTOCHROMES Enchanting group of 17 autochromes, including 2 by Charles Partington and the remaining images by unidentified artists, images ranging from lush landscapes, Mark Twain's house, a sculptural study and pastoral portraits; also includes three stereoviews, sizes ranging from 3 1/4x4 to 5x7 inches (8.3x10.2 to 12.7x17.8 cm.), one without the tape encasing and one of the stereoviews in a metal frame; with a leather diascope made by La Dubernet (1908) containing a 5x7 plate. Circa 1915-1925
The two images by Charles Partington include two women in an orchard and a woman standing by a tree. From a Private Midwest Collector.
Autochromes were developed and patented in 1904 by the Lumière brothers in Lyon, France and became widely available in 1907. The first truly practical form of color photography, the process was immediately adopted by the important figures of the era, including Stieglitz, Coburn, Struss, Seeley, Genthe and Meys, among others. Stieglitz himself said that 'The Lumières have given the world a process which in history will rank with the startling and wonderful inventions of those two other Frenchmen, Daguerre and Niepce.'
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